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The population of this area of Northern Anatolia is roughly 3,500,000.
Laugh, play and be amazed at Club Watercity Aquapark and Fantasyland, two wonderful attractions for adults and kids alike.
Deniz Dunyasi and Aqua Vega offer inquisitive tourists a chance to see some intriguing aquatic plants and animals.
You and your family can take loads of photos of the exotic birds and lizards at the Ankara Zoo and the Ataturk Forest Farm and Zoo. Combined with the Ataturk Orman Ciftligi, you and the family are guaranteed to have an unforgettable zoological adventure.
At the Ankara Vineyard House, wine enthusiasts can learn about the local winemaking techniques and traditions, before savoring a glass of the end product.
For fresh air and relaxation, grab something for lunch and make your way over to one of the area's pleasant green spaces, such as Altinpark and Kugulu Park. Botanik Park and Harikalar Diyari are two more nice places to while away the afternoon over a good book.
Spending time among nature does wonders for our body and soul. If you get the chance to see Soguksu National Park or Soğuksu Milli Parkı, go for it.
See the world in a different light by spending some time at one of the area's educational exhibition spaces. The Toy Museum and the Vakif Eserleri Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are bound to spark your curiosity. Another two to consider are the Meteorology Museum and the Ankara Air Force Museum.
Discover a good range of artifacts and other gadgets at the METU Science and Technology Museum and the ODTU Science And Technology Museum, a couple of highly regarded science museums.
The natural world is on show in all its wonder at the Ethnographic Museum and the Gordion Museum. Lose yourself among their eclectic exhibits as your imagination wanders off into strange, exotic worlds.
An oasis for art lovers, this area boasts numerous spaces in which local and international artists regularly showcase their wares. Start your explorations of this creative enclave with a visit to the State Art and Sculpture Museum and the CerModern. The Cengelhan Rahmi M. Koc Museum and the Mustafa Ayaz Museum and Plastic Arts Center are also worth a look if you can squeeze them in.
The past comes to life at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations and the War of Independence Museum thanks to their fantastic range of thoughtful exhibits. The Altin Kosk Museum and the Midas Tumulus & Gordion Museum are also worthy choices.
Column of Julian and Roman Theatre are certainly worth visiting, even if history isn't your forte. More tales from the days of old are waiting for you at the Gazi University and Grand National Assembly of Turkey.
Akkopru of Ankara will be of particular interest to visitors with a passion for civil engineering.
After a morning spent at a couple of the local castles, it is quite easy to imagine the way nobles and countrymen once roamed these realms. You might have to scamper across a drawbridge or brave a dungeon at Ankara Citadel or Ankara Castle.
Learn about the region's spiritual side and take in the peaceful atmosphere at the Kocatepe Mosque and the Haci Bayram Mosque. You could also explore Church of St. Tereza and the Abidin Pasa Mosque.
After you've checked out all the principle attractions around Ankara, be sure to visit some of its lesser-known sights. A couple of worthwhile places to begin with are the Mujdat Gezen Arts Center and the Ataturk Cultural Center. Also, consider a visit to the Ankara Art Playhouse and the Turkish Family Cultural Center if you've got the time.
Accommodation in Ankara
As it's the capital , Ankara offers a wealth of hotels and other accommodations with no less than 88 Ankara hotels that you can book through Expedia's extensive hotels guide.
If you're interested in booking a place to stay at the more exclusive end of the range, have a look at the Lugal, A Luxury Collection Hotel Ankara, at Noktali Sokak No 1, Kavaklidere, or the Jw Marriott Hotel Ankara, at Kizilirmak Mah Muhsin Yazicioglu Cad #1. The Divan Cukurhan - Boutique Class and the Mövenpick Hotel Ankara are good options as well.
Located in Cankaya, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Karum Shopping Mall and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Ethnographic Museum. Kugulu Park and Akun Sahnesi are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Cankaya, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Pembe Kurbaga Show Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Column of Julian and Ankara Citadel are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Cankaya, this luxury hotel is 0 mi (0 km) from Pembe Kurbaga Show Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Ankara Citadel and Column of Julian are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 12.2 mi (19.6 km) from Turkish Family Cultural Center and 12.4 mi (19.9 km) from Deniz Dunyasi. Column of Julian and Haci Bayram Mosque are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Located in the heart of Ankara, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bilkent Centre and Altin Kosk Museum. Bilkent University and METU Science and Technology Museum are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Cankaya, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Embassy of the United States and within 3 mi (5 km) of Ethnographic Museum and Museum of Anatolian Civilizations. Column of Julian and Ankara Citadel are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Cankaya, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Arjantin Street and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Ethnographic Museum. Karum Shopping Mall and Kugulu Park are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Cankaya, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sefik Bursali Historic House, Atakule Tower, and Botanik Park. Dikmen Vadisi Park and Pink Pavilion are also within 2 mi (3 km).